Brendan Babingon tunes up for Anzac services
THE MAN behind the sombre notes of "The Last Post", musician Brendan Babington has played his cornet at local Anzac ceremonies for the past eight years.
Charged with the all-important role of delivering the chords at the end of the moment's silence, the cornet player sees the role as a chance to say thank you in his own special way.
Brendan who has been playing brass instruments since he was 14 still considers the role an honour.
"The diggers did so much for us, this is a way I can show my own appreciation," he said.
The local lad said he wasn't always as confident in the important role.
"The first few years I played with the music because I was worried I would stuff it up," he said.
"It's always early, frosty and cold. While everyone else is warming up their hands I'm trying to warm my mouth piece in my pocket."
The early mornings freeze the brass cornet.
Not a morning person, Brendan had a close call early in his performing career.
"One year I must have slept in and woke up in a panic at 5:20am and the service started at 5:30; I had to drop everything but got their in time" the 29-year-old said.
Brendan assures there hasn't been a repeat of that since.
"I'll be up early Friday for sure," he laughed.
Brendan will be playing at various services including West and Assumption schools.
"Usually I play about three or four times a day when Anzac day, Remembrance Day and Veterans' Day comes around".
This year Brendan has passed on the reigns of his main Warwick service to band-mate Mike Spiller.